U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo has been very busy traveling across the globe. He has only one purpose in his mission: to form a global alliance to counter the threats of Communist China.
In about two months, from North-west Europe to the Middle East, ASEAN video conference, then back to Europe around the Mediterranean, then Latin America, now his East Asian destination meeting the Quad foreign ministers in Tokyo.
During this period, Pompeo also had two very important speeches in the United States: One about “Communist China and the Free World’s Future” at the Richard Nixon Library on July 23th when he said, “General Secretary Xi Jinping is a true believer in a bankrupt totalitarian ideology.” And another on “State Legislatures and the China Challenge” at Wisconsin State Capital on September 23 when he told state governors and business leaders to prepare for the fight ahead against the Communist regime.
In addition to Pompeo’s visit, the United States and Japan held bilateral security discussions on October 7. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Japan and Korea Marc Knapper, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for East Asia Security Heino Klinck, Deputy Director General for North American Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Yutaka Arima, and Deputy Director General for Defense Policy, Ministry of Defense, Taro Yamato met by way of a video teleconference.
On October 6th, Pompeo met in Tokyo with Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi, Indian Minister of External Affairs Dr. S. Jaishankar, and Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne to reaffirm collective Quad efforts to advance a free, open, and inclusive Indo-Pacific.
Pompeo said in his opening speech, “As partners in this Quad, it is more critical now than ever that we collaborate to protect our people and partners from the CCP’s exploitation, corruption, and coercion. We’ve seen it in the south, in the East China Sea, the Mekong, the Himalayas, the Taiwan Straits.”
Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne expressed her stance, “Australia is achieving this vision in our engagement across the Indo-Pacific by working closely with ASEAN, by stepping up with the Pacific, including supporting regional institutions such as the Pacific Islands Forum.”
“In these efforts, Australia has no more important partners than Japan, the United States, and India,” Payne said.
India is going to assume membership of the UN Security Council next year. Its Minister of External Affairs made these remarks yesterday, “As vibrant and pluralistic democracies with shared values, our nations have affirmed collectively the importance of maintaining a free, open, and inclusive Indo-Pacific. We remain committed to upholding the rules-based international order underpinned by the rule of law, transparency, freedom of navigation in international seas, and respect for territorial integrity and sovereignty and peaceful resolution of disputes. ”
The Washington Post said, “Pompeo seeks unity against China’s assertiveness, but don’t expect an Asian NATO.”
A senior US State Department official said to the press today, “we have to frame the problem correctly. This isn’t about a U.S.-China dispute. This is about the free world versus Chinese authoritarianism.”
Pompeo told the Quad foreign ministers, “When we met, now last year, the landscape was very different. We couldn’t have imagined the pandemic that came from Wuhan. That crisis was made infinitely worse by the Chinese Communist Party’s coverup. The regime’s authoritarian nature led its leaders to lock up and silence the very brave Chinese citizens who were raising the alarm.”
China under Xi Jinping has pursued an increasingly aggressive foreign policy with its many initiatives like the Belt and Road, while the Trump administration has identified Communist Party rule as the greatest threat to U.S. interests.
President Xi ’s China has never been less trusted or viewed more negatively across the developed world, with unfavourable sentiment rising most sharply in Australia, South Korea, Germany, The Netherlands, Sweden, Britain, Spain, Canada and the US, a new international survey by the Washington-based Pew Research Centre has revealed.
The tide has turned. Former White House Strategist Steve Bannon told Ludepress yesterday that Trump’s contracting the CCP virus could be a turning point that he will shift his campaign focus on “taking down the CCP”.
A battle between the totalitarian regime and the free world has begun.
By Cloudy Seagail